I haven't read through this entire thread, but it was very interesting.
I'd like to make a point, however- and I am saying this as a naturally skeptical individual who has never had a vaccination in her life and hasn't died yet from these "dangerous diseases"- I don't think that anybody who has posted in this thread as far as I have read is in a position to really understand how vaccines work, and what happens when adverse reactions occur. I don't think any of us- myself included- is a biochemist, immunologist, virologist, molecular biologist, or even a MD. If there is anybody who is, please chime in!
Just because something is available on the internet doesn't mean that it is true. I really don't believe almost anything I hear about this topic. I believe that vaccines can and do produce adverse reactions in people, and I also think that people are over-vaccinated.
I do not believe that all vaccines in all circuмstances are bad. My experience is primarily in the veterinary field (and I am not a vet- just a student). I can assure you without a doubt that if we did not have enterotoxemia and tetanus vaccines, the losses of livestock due to these two terrible and fatal diseases would be staggering. People ask what happened to livestock before we had vaccines available for rabies, exterotoxemia, brucellosis, tetanus, etc. They died- plain and simple. Probably fewer were infected because we manage them differently now- enterotoxemia and tetanus, for example, are pretty rare in flocks and herds allowed to forage and managed in a nomadic/pasture-based system. But because of how we handle livestock management now, I would say it's practically a necessity. I could give countless stories about very sad situations that were likely very preventable had the proper vaccines been administered correctly.
I don't think that it's all a big conspiracy by the pharm companies, producing these livestock vaccines. Like I said, I don't know much about human medicine.
I am just saying that it is a good idea to do some homework before accepting one person's comment as the absolute truth. And I'm definitely not pro-vaccine- I think they are (morally produced) a wonderful blessing when necessary, but good to avoid when not. I think that most kids who play in the dirt are probably naturally immune to tetanus, for example. And there is a difference here between these livestock vaccines and those for humans. Most vaccines for livestock are for diseases that are FATAL. Usually, most diseases for which people are vaccinated against are NOT. That, or they are so uncommon that the chances of becoming infected are close to nil.